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The 10 Best Chain Restaurants for Vegetarians

A longtime vegetarian serves up her best restaurant picks.

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Hands of cropped unrecognisable woman and man passing salad bowl at vegetarian restaurant.LStockStudio/Shutterstock

What are the best restaurants for vegetarians?

Going out to eat should be a stress-free experience. But when you don’t eat meat, it can be challenging to find a restaurant that you (and your dining partners) can agree on. That’s why we rounded up the best chain restaurants for vegetarians. Our choices—handpicked by a vegetarian of over a decade—promise plenty of options for veggies and carnivores alike.

Staying in? Try these yummy vegetarian dinner recipes.

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Panera Bread restaurant exterior. Panera Bread is a chain of bakery-casual restaurants in the United States and CanadaKen Wolter/Shutterstock

Panera Bread

For a quick bite on-the-go, you can’t beat Panera. This fast-casual chain has plenty of meatless options, including soups, salads, sandwiches and pastas. My personal favorite? The Mediterranean Veggie sandwich.

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The Cheesecake Factory is a distributor of cheesecakes and restaurant in the United StatesSupannee_Hickman/Shutterstock

The Cheesecake Factory

It’s no secret that The Cheesecake Factory has an endless menu—so it’s the perfect choice for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. Keep your eye out for salads, veggie burgers and pastas. And don’t forget the cheesecake!

Give these Cheesecake Factory copycat recipes a try.

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California Pizza Kitchen: California Pizza Kitchen in the Ala Moana CenterOsugi/Shutterstock

California Pizza Kitchen

Meat-free eating is easy at CPK since they denote all of their vegetarian menu items with a little green leaf. You’ll find small plates, apps, soups, salads and—of course—pizza. Whenever I go, I opt for the Asparagus + Arugula Salad and a Margherita Pizza. Yum!

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Chipotle Restaurant in Manhattanrobert cicchetti/Shutterstock

Chipotle

Need to refuel? Try Chipotle. This Mexican chain features a bunch of veg-friendly options, including burritos, bowls, salads and tacos. Each order is customizable and, if you order a veggie-based item, guac isn’t extra!

Try these creative ways to top your guac.

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The exterior of a Jason's Deli location in Raleigh.Sharkshock/Shutterstock

Jason’s Deli

Don’t worry about having limited options at Jason’s Deli. They have an entire vegetarian menu featuring everything from soups to pastas and baked potatoes. Plus, each deli has a Garden Bar filled with fresh salad fixins’. Yes!

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Noodles & Company restaurant exterior and logo.Ken Wolter/Shutterstock

Noodles & Company

After a long day, nothing sounds better than a big bowl of pasta—and Noodles & Company is happy to oblige. They feature a number of vegetarian pasta dishes, including one made with zucchini noodles! My fave? Japanese Pan Noodles with Tofu.

Our best Noodles & Company copycat recipes

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Taco Bell

It sounds surprising, but Taco Bell has quite a few vegetarian options. When you need a quick drive-thru fix, reach for the burritos, tostadas and quesadillas that feature cheese and/or beans.

It’s also one of the healthiest chains. Here’s why.

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P.F. Chang China Bistro exterior. P. F. Chang's is an Asian-themed US casual dining restaurant chain.Ken Wolter/Shutterstock

P.F. Chang’s

Chinese food is usually a safe bet for vegetarians—just keep an eye out for animal byproducts like fish sauce. At P.F. Chang’s, you’ll find vegetable spring rolls, edamame and a handful of meat-free entrees.

Make your favorite P.F. Chang’s recipes at home.

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Building facade of the popular Blaze Pizza restaurant. Image was captured after sunset in Pasadena, California USA Philip Pilosian/Shutterstock

Blaze Pizza

It can be awkward going out for pizza as a vegetarian—especially if you’re splitting a pie. That’s why we love Blaze so much. This build-your-own chain lets you put as many veggies on your pizza as you want. And, their personal-size pizzas mean you don’t have to share.

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Shake Shack in Tokyo: Shake Shack is an American fast casual restaurant chain based in New York City.Osugi/Shutterstock

Shake Shack

When you’re craving a cheesy meal that only true fast food can satisfy, turn to Shake Shack. This chain features a ‘Shroom Burger made from a portobello cap. (I can also personally attest that their fries and a shake make for a satisfying meal.)

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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